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Monday Morning Notes: Joe Calzaghe thinks he can beat Wladimir Klitschko

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Speaking with WalesOnline, retired former super middleweight and light heavyweight champion says he's enjoying retirement, though he misses the money, and that he believes he could beat world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Yes, you read that right.

"I see the guys fighting now and I know I could beat them all," he declared. "That’s always the case.

"I’m Joe Calzaghe, I could beat anyone. I could step up and beat Wladimir Klitschko if I wanted."

It's a good quote, and honestly, I think I'd be fairly interested in seeing him try to do it. Calzaghe is 5'11" with a 73" reach. Wladimir Klitschko is a hair under 6'7" and generally weighs 240-245 pounds for his fights, and the man is made of muscle. There's hardly an ounce of fat on him. Calzaghe's stamina and workrate are/were great, and his chin always looked rock solid. But Wladimir can hit like a truck. Calzaghe would have to be at his absolute slippery, craftiest best to overcome that sort of physical mismatch.

But it's just jibber-jabber.

Calzaghe also chipped in some more comments on press rival Carl Froch:

"If you are asking what I think of Carl Froch and whether I’m tempted to come back and fight him, then my answer is simple. I’m watching him getting beaten up already, so I don’t need to bother.

"I watched Jermain Taylor kick his arse for 12 rounds the other week. All right, Froch did well in that last 12 seconds, but I’m not fooled.

"He is in that Super Six series now and I don’t even think he will know his name by the time that’s finished. It doesn’t need me coming back for that to happen."

Those two are never going to fight and they'll always talk about each other.

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